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Titans select...Courtney Roby, WR, INDIANA
Courtney Roby, WR, Indiana
Height: 6:00.1 Weight: 189
Overview: The cousin of the late Reggie Roby, one of the NFL's greatest all-time punters, Courtney is blessed with smooth feet and outstanding speed. A model of consistency throughout his career with the Hoosiers, he lined up at flanker during his first three seasons at Indiana, but found a home at split end after moving to that position in his final campaign. A tremendous athlete, Roby also excelled on Indiana's track team, clocking 6.90 in the 60-meter dash last spring, his first competitive track-and-field event since high school. Roby attended North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) High School, where he earned All-State honors as a senior (2000) when he rushed 55 times for 539 yards with six touchdowns and caught 12 passes for 296 yards with three touchdowns. He averaged 38.3 yards per kickoff return in taking three back for touchdowns. He also played defense after the third game of his senior year, responding with 55 tackles. Roby started three games as a true freshman, catching eleven passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. He added 80 yards on four kickoff returns. He started ten games at flanker as a sophomore, catching 59 passes for 1039 yards (18.5 avg) and four scores. His 59 grabs rank second on the school's single-season record list, topped only by Ernie Jones' 66 catches in 1987. He joined Jones (1256 in 1987) and Thomas Lewis (1058 in 1993) as the only players in school history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving in a season. Roby also returned eleven kickoffs for 227 yards (20.6 avg) and carried seven times for 43 yards (6.1 avg) in 2002. Roby started every game at flanker in 2003, missing the entire Michigan game and most of the Michigan State contest with a right knee sprain. He still managed to snatch 45 passes for 504 yards (11.2 avg), but failed to score any touchdowns. He added 193 yards on ten kickoff returns and 41 yards on eight rushing attempts (5.1 avg). Roby moved to split end as a senior, leading the team with 55 receptions for 810 yards (14.7 avg) and seven touchdowns. His 55 grabs rank tied for third on the Hoosiers' single-season record list. He also carried 21 times for 135 yards (6.4 avg) and a pair of scores, adding 67 yards on three kickoff returns (22.3 avg). Roby started 35 of 45 games during his career. He finished with 170 receptions for 2,524 yards (14.8 avg) and twelve touchdowns, breaking the previous school all-time marks of 148 catches by Thomas Lewis (1991-93) and 2,361 yards by Jones (1984-87). He also gained 567 yards on 28 kickoff returns (20.3 avg), 211 yards and two scores on 37 carries (5.7 avg), had a 5-yard punt return and recorded four solo tackles. He gained 3,387 all-purpose yards during his time with the Hoosiers.
Analysis: Positives...Having added close to ten pounds of bulk to his frame during the 2004 offseason, he showed better toughness going for the ball in traffic...Has the ability to sink his hips and come out of his breaks with a sharp burst...Displays a good feel for getting open, constantly keeping his feet moving...Knows when to settle down in the zone's soft areas and has the ability to instantly turn on the afterburners to accelerate upfield after the catch...When left isolated one-on-one in the open, he will consistently out-race the defender...Tough competitor going for the ball in a crowd, willingly sacrificing his body to make the play...Shows crisp pattern running and the ability to break down plays, doing a good job of adjusting in his routes...Has made improvement in shortening his stride, which allows him to get out of his breaks much faster than he did in the past...Has a knack for getting between the defender and the ball, displaying the ability to adjust to the ball in flight...Has the body control to change direction instantly and the leaping skills to consistently get to the ball at its high point...Has the sudden burst and good hand usage to avoid the jam...Will go up for the ball and pluck and snatch it at its high point...More of a one-cut type of runner, but can explode after the catch...Knows how to stem and come out of his breaks with good speed.
Negatives...Even with the additional weight, he still looks skinny in his lower legs and has only adequate strength...Needs to stay lower in his pads, as he gets too high at times coming out of his breaks...Long-legged runner who has to build to top speed in the open field...Lacks strength and aggression as a blocker, being more of a pester type...Struggled to digest the playbook and needs several reps to understand plays (low test score)...Can beat press coverage, but struggles when defensive backs gets their hands on him... Because of his slight frame and lack of strength, he can be knocked off his route working up field...Not a natural hands catcher, as he prefers to cradle the ball.
Agility tests: CAMPUS -- 4.34 in the 40-yard dash (indoor artificial turf)...4.43 40-yard dash (outdoors/grass)...1.47 in the 10-yard dash...38.5-inch vertical jump...31 -inch arm length...9 1/8-inch hands... Right-handed...Wears contacts...13/28 Wonderlic score. COMBINE -- 4.36 in the 40-yard dash...2.59 20-yard dash...1.54 10-yard dash...3.94 20-yard shuttle... 11.18 60-yard shuttle...6.60 three-cone drill...36.5-inch vertical jump...10'6" broad jump... 31 3/8-inch arm length...9 5/8-inch hands...20 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) High, playing football for coach Al Harrants... Earned All-State honors as a senior (2000) when he rushed 55 times for 539 yards with six touchdowns and caught 12 passes for 296 yards with three touchdowns...Also averaged 38.3 yards per kickoff return in taking three back for touchdowns...Also played defense after the third game of his senior year, responding with 55 tackles.
Personal: Business Administration major...Son of John Roby, Sr., and Donita Langford...Cousin, Landon Turner, was a standout on the Indiana basketball team...Another cousin, Reggie Roby, was a perennial All-Pro punter in the National Football League during his Miami Dolphins days...Uncle, Rob Turner, was a receiver at Indiana (1987-90)...Born 1/10/83... Resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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damn, I really liked Roby... he would have been good for Dallas...